Reedsy — an online marketplace for authors seeking an “editor, designer or marketer who can help bring [their] book to life” — hosts a short story contest each week based on a series of writing prompts that they provide.
Writers choose a prompt from their list, craft a story between 1,000 and 3,000 words, and submit it for consideration. The winner receives $50 and their short story gets published on Reedsy’s Medium blog.
I entered a short story for consideration at the start of January, titled Imperfect, based on the following prompt:
A person coming home late from a New Year’s Eve Party stops by a McDonald’s. A person staying home for New Year’s Eve goes to McDonald’s for a late night snack.
Imperfect, unfortunately, did not win the contest. You can check out the winning submission — The Classic by Grace Fletcher-Hackwood — by clicking here.
I decided, however, so long as I had this short story written and edited — and since I’m rather fond of it — I’d publish it here for you to read for free. Enjoy.